PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A drive-by shooting in Providence claimed the life of one man Tuesday night, city police confirm.
Providence Police Major David Lapatin said the victim was driving on Potters Avenue towards Elmwood Avenue in the area of Melrose Street just before midnight Tuesday when a second vehicle pulled up near him and fired several shots at his car.
The victim was struck by one or more of the gunshots, according to Lapatin, then he lost control of his vehicle and crashed head on into another car.
Police have not yet identified suspects in the shooting, nor have they officially released the victim’s name. Officers taped off the surrounding area and placed markers on the ground where shell casings were discovered.
Two people in the second car were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
A friend of the victim told Eyewitness News that in the streets, one has to commit crimes to get recognition and earn stripes.
“Stripes are basically something that you earn in the streets. It can be any crime, and you get known through that,” said Brandon Scott. “It’s a terrible thing to say, but it’s the truth.”
Major Lapatin said the answer to these crimes is to get more guns off the streets.
This is the capital city’s 18th homicide investigation of 2014.